Omaha is one of the most fêted versions of poker. Unlike Texas Holdem , in Omaha each player is dealt with 4 hole cards instead of two cards. The hand ranking, the betting structure- rounds of betting and the blind structure are same in Omaha as it is in Holdem. What makes real money Omaha games more thrilling is the stimulating money spinning action in each hand where players need to make the highest five card hand using just two of their four hole cards.
Difference between the betting limits of Omaha.
In Pot Limit Omaha: The limit of the pot is set here. There is a big bet and small bet, and players cannot bet below or above these. The big blind is always equal to the small bet. For example, a Pot Limit table can have Rs 5/10 bets, with blinds of Rs 2.5/5.
In No Limit Omaha: you can bet any amount, even all your chips, at any given time in the game. There is no limit for the amount of bet.
How to play Omaha
Every player is dealt with four cards each, known as the ‘Hole Cards’.
Like Texas Holdem after the cards are dealt, the player seated to the left of the dealer posts the small blind, and the player next to the small blind position posts the big blind. Blinds are forced bets necessary to start a new game/hand. The small blind is half of the big blind.
After the big blind is posted, the betting begins in the clock wise direction. In the first betting round, a player can either call the bet of the big blind, or raise, or fold himself out of the hand.
Once all the players have bet and all bets are equal, the flop is dealt. The flop consists of the first three cards of the community cards.
After the flop, another round of betting starts. Like the first round of betting, players can call, raise, bet or check. By checking the player can stay in the hand without betting any money till any other player bets. If any other player bets , then all other players in the hand needs to call, raise or fold.
The turn card which is the fourth card of the community card is dealt after the post flob bet. The same pattern of betting is followed as above.
Then the river card is dealt, which is the last of the community cards. This is again followed by a round of betting.
Then the game/hand ends to a showdown. All the players still in the game open their cards face up. The player with the highest five-card hand wins the pot. If there are multiple players with same-ranking hands, then the pot is split.